skip to content

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Elspeth’s interest in Sustainability, Well-Being & Human Development comes from her science background when she studied Zoology, Biochemistry and Dietetics and much later on in life an MBA.


Elspeth worked for Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) from 2008 to 2021 and was responsible for designing and delivering CISL’s education work in South Africa. In addition to customised work with various organisations, she directed the CISL Sustainability Practitioner Programme and the Business and Sustainability Programme in South Africa. She was a tutor on CISL’s Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business and is currently a tutor on the Anglo-American Game Changers Sustainability Leadership Programme, BNP Paribas Positive Impact programme and a Head Tutor on CISL’s online programme Business and Sustainability Management.

Elspeth was a former director of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business Associate in Management programme (AIM)(1999 to 2002) and MBA programme (2002 to 2006) and has 25 years’ experience in designing and delivering leadership development programmes.

Elspeth’s passion is preparing current and future leaders for a very different future through “curated” learning experiences.

 Elspeth  Donovan
Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership